A few years ago out actor Russell Tovey had never played a gay character on screen. That’s certainly changed, as he’s played a range of interesting LGBT characters in everything from Looking to Quantico. Now he’s set to play a gay superhero as part of an upcoming four-episode Arrow-verse crossover event, which will bring together the characters from the likes of Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash.
They’re also bringing in some of the characters from the animated DC shows that air on CW Seed, and that includes Tovey as The Ray. Russell is voicing the character in an upcoming animated show, and will then turn him live-action for the crossover event that will air in November.
The Ray is, Ray Terrill, a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. Before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realised he could go beyond reporting on injustice – he could take action to help stop it.